Nanaimo Tourism Bulletins
Nanaimo’s “new Normal”
November 30, 2018
November 2018 marks the first month of hotel stats reported without the Howard Johnson. With the closure of this property, Nanaimo has lost 100 rooms from its hotel inventory. The resulting increase in occupancy and rate are the “new normal” for the City and provide further
Nanaimo Poised to Take Off!
October 30, 2018
Tourism has been growing substantially in Nanaimo over the past year and with hotel occupancy at 75.5%, it’s time to build new hotels! The new mayor and council have the opportunity to support the achievement of great things as Nanaimo has incredible potential.
September Shows Continued Strong Results for Nanaimo’s Tourism Industry!
September 30, 2018
Hotel room rate and occupancy are holding steady for Nanaimo. Airport and BC Ferries remain strong. At some point very soon, Nanaimo will need new hotels to accommodate increased tourism growth.
Nanaimo Experiences a Record High Hotel Occupancy in August!
August 31, 2018
The Nanaimo accommodations sector showed record occupancy for the month of August, while the Nanaimo Airport experienced another month of very strong growth in traffic with an increase of 34.59%. Forest Fires, no doubt, diverted travellers from other parts of the province.
July Occupancy Rate Soars Over Last Year!
August 28, 2018
Last month we predicted that the strong performance reflected in Nanaimo’s June accommodation indicators would continue and July stats have proven this to be true as the community experienced a significant 9.2% increase in its July occupancy rate.
June Occupancy Well Up Over Last Year
July 31, 2018
June was a banner month for tourism on much of the island and this is reflected in Nanaimo’s accommodation indicators which show an 84% occupancy rate (up almost 7% over last year) and a $118 RevPAR rate (up more than $16 over last year).
Another Hotel Development Cancellation a Blow to Nanaimo
June 29, 2018
According to the realtor, the owners of the property at 15 Front Street have decided to sell due to increased construction costs (projected costs are now over $13 million, a significant increase from the $8 million that was budgeted).
Accommodation Indicators Up After Slow Start
June 15, 2018
After a slow first quarter for Nanaimo’s accommodation sector, both April and year-to-date accommodation indicators have improved relative to the same periods last year. The April occupancy rate was up by almost 2% to just over 74% for the month.
Wobbly Tourism Performance in First Quarter
March 31, 2018
Transportation indicators have been strong in the first quarter with both BC Ferries and the Nanaimo Airport experiencing strong year-over-year and year-to-date growth. However, occupancy was down by 8% compared to March of last year and, on a year-to-date basis.